***SECOND BUS IS AVAILABLE***
Good Morning H.E.A.T. Family,
***BUS RIDERS DO NOT CLICK GOING UNTIL YOU HAVE READ AND PAID PLEASE***
If you are driving yourself, please comment how many are riding with you so I know exactly how many to make the reservation for.
A few things first before I get
into the details of the trip. Some may sound, 'harsh', but when time/money are involved I like to be thorough. If you are driving yourself, I'll create a separate post with details that you'll need for where to meet us and everything so please turn your notifications on for this event so that you know when I post. I'm sure this will fill up rather quickly, so please purchase your seat early. Since the bus company charges us based on full capacity, refunds can only be given due to cancellation if there is someone on the wait list to take your spot. I will be keeping a waiting list and there's an order involved so please do not post on the page if you need to sell your ticket because that would be unfair to those that are listed as waiting. Also, I know things will come up between now and October 14th, but the sooner you let me know you are unable to make it, the sooner I can try to sell your spot. I've had people wait until the morning of to tell me that they won't be coming or just not show up altogether with no notification. This is an all day trip and can be taxing for some so please take that into consideration. You can def. sleep on the bus on the way there and back home. If you ride the bus down and find a ride back, please let myself, or one of the other leaders know before you leave. If you bring ANYTHING on the bus, please make sure you take it with you when you arrive back in Oakland...this includes ALL trash. Violators to either of these items will not be allowed back on bus trips. We HATE policing adults but we also hate babysitting or cleaning up after adults as well, so please help us make the trips smooth for everyone involved. Hate to sound harsh but for some reason, there's always 1 or two that I need to say this to.
Now on to the details. A seat on the bus will be $40 as it's the same distance as our last few trips. I'm still working on the cost for the ATV rental as I need a more accurate number of riders to give the company. They should be between $60-$75 which includes 2 hours of riding, helmet, goggles, the 12% state tax fee and 8% fuel tax. There's also a deposit required once we arrive that you get back at the end of the ride. It's between $50-$100 depending on the company. Kids can ride also but if they are under 18, they must complete a online Safety course to earn a certificate or must be supervised at ALL TIMES by the parent/guardian. When I asked how many wanted to do this, the interest level was enough for two buses, but once people find out there's a cost involved, interest dwindles, lol. So when the first one fills up, I'll compose a wait list to see if we have enough for two buses. If we are not facebook friends, please send me your email address or phone number if you want to be added to the waitlist as it's hard to contact you otherwise through messenger. For a seat on the bus you can PayPal me at Stan.Miles24@gmail.com. PLEASE SELECT FAMILY AND FRIENDS and not goods and services. I keep mentioning this but people keep not doing it which means I have to cover some of your cost. Your payment will be sent back to you minus the cost to me and you will not have a seat on the bus. Also, please list your first and last name in the notes area as some of your PayPal accounts are connected to business names or initials. Same goes for Venmo or the Cash App. There are 56 seats available so I'll post how many are remaining throughout the day. Once it's full and you want to be added to the waitlist, please let me know.
Since this is a 3+ hour ride, we want to get an early start so that we're not as affected by traffic. So the bus will be departing at 5 AM, which means we need to be at West Oakland BART by 4:30 AM so I can get everyone checked in and we can get everyone loaded on the bus in time. Again, every single trip we have someone pulling up at the last minute. I cannot hold the bus so please do not ask me to the morning of...Someone always ask and that affects every other person that made it on time. Set three alarms and please be on time.
Long sleeves and pants are recommended but you're allowed to wear whatever you like. You must have closed toe shoes on though, no flipflops or sandals. You can leave stuff on the bus and you may want to pack a lunch for yourself if you don't plan on getting anything to eat at the beach. You have over a month to prepare for this trip so when we stop for a bathroom stop, that is all it is please. Ordering food, coffee, buying snacks, all take up more time...please respect everyone else's time.
If you are driving, please anticipate us arriving in the area by 9:00-9:30 am. I'll post driving directions as we get closer to the departure date. You can also follow the bus if you like.
Also, even though it'll be 5 O'clock in the morning, please no alcohol on the way down there as we'll be operating motor vehicles and other people depend on you being alert as well.
If you have any questions, please ask away and I'll be sure to get back to you. Also please adjust your notifications for the event so that you can see what I post. Hope everyone has a great week and we'll see you soon.